Big beat club night The Breakdown returns for a one-off in aid of charity at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

At the original Breakdown. From left: Simon Heartfield, Carl Edwards, Simon Whitehead 'back in the day'
At the original Breakdown. From left: Simon Heartfield, Carl Edwards, Simon Whitehead 'back in the day'

A one-off old-skool club night to celebrate the lives of two redoubtable stars of the Portsmouth music scene is taking place with a headline set by Plump DJs.

The Breakdown 20 is being held at The Wedge to celebrate Carl Edwards and Paul ‘Monkey P’ Keeler, while raising money for charities – The Rowan’s Hospice and No More Durty Water – in their honour.

Breakdown rocked for five years, between 1997 and 2002, run by Carl and Simon Whitehead, with Monkey P providing the visuals. It was described as the ‘scruffy sibling’ of Geushky’s techno and Fishtank’s house, a punk and dance crossover. Simon said he and Carl sold their instruments, bought decks and started the night, modelled on the Big Beat Boutique and the Heavenly Social.

Plump DJ Lee said: ‘We are stoked to be returning to the Wedgewood Rooms to celebrate the notorious Breakdown parties from the golden era of breaks. A chance to revel in our favourite releases and records from back in the day is a rare treat for us.’  

The special also features Simon Heartfield, George Spence, Mr Foot, Jed Nugget, Batts and Fly Mic. Tickets are £10.

The Breakdown 20

Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Friday, March 22

wedgewood-rooms.co.uk